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Heat is making our planet uninhabitable. Why isn’t this the top news story around the world?

In the 1973 sci-fi movie “Soylent Green,” the year 2022 is depicted as a world so ravaged by pollution that the temperature never drops below 90°F (32°C). Food is scarce; millions of people are homeless and crowd together in hallways just to sleep; the government has become overtly authoritarian. While things are not currently that bad (at least not yet), studies on climate change repeatedly indicate that the heat-based premise of “Soylent Green” is rapidly becoming close to reality....

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Ecosystem collapse could occur “surprisingly quickly”, study finds

On the heels of several consecutive record-breaking “hottest days ever,” it has become increasingly clear that there is an urgent need to address human-caused climate change. After all, a recent study published in the scientific journal PNAS revealed that the types of so-called compound drought and heatwaves that humanity is currently experiencing — these are known as CDHW events — are projected to become what co-author Dr....

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“Not a record to celebrate”: Humanity just experienced the hottest day in recorded history

For Americans, the 4th of July is associated with fireworks, flag-waving, festivities and family time. Yet July 4, 2023 is going to enter the history books for a different reason: The United States National Centers for Environmental Prediction discovered that it was the hottest day in recorded human history, maxing out at 17.01 degrees Celsius (62.62 degrees Fahrenheit)....

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The new “abnormal”: Experts agree climate change will intensify droughts and heatwaves in the future

Imagine a future in which one-fifth of the planet is regularly subjected to boiling heatwaves and blistering droughts. In addition to the unbearable discomfort of the constant heat, people in those regions will struggle to breathe. The air is going to be filled with smoke, even if the massive fires that cause the smoke are destroying civilizations and wilderness thousands of miles away....

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